Date Posted
18 Jan 2018

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PhD Project
Stockholm University, Department of Physical Geography

PhD student in Physical Geography in the area: ecohydrology of agroecosystems

18 Jan 2018

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Position Description

Project description
The position will be associated with the project “Quantifying the trade-offs between ecosystem service provision and water management in rice systems”

Rice consumes more water than any other crop, potentially leading to unsustainable water withdrawals. Alternate wetting and drying (AWD) has thus been advocated instead of continuous flooding. However, AWD does not guarantee high yields and promotes decomposition of soil organic carbon (SOC) and loss of nutrients, reducing fertility. With this project, we will investigate this trade-off between water savings, rice productivity and provision of ecosystem services (ES), focusing on three countries that span a range of growing conditions: Tanzania, Vietnam, and Italy. Soil analyses at our sites and global meta-analyses in combination with process-based models will allow for estimating the value of ES in rice systems, raise awareness of the intimate connections between rice and its soil, and suggest more sustainable practices and climate change adaptation measures.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, and to fulfil the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of physical geography, the candidate for this position should have acquired a total of 240 higher education credits (of which at least 60 at advanced level), or acquired in some alternative fashion, the equivalent knowledge in engineering science, geoscience or environmental science.

Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. The primary assessment criteria in appointing a doctoral student should be the capacity to benefit from the training.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity: the candidates’ documented knowledge in a relevant field of research, written and oral proficiency in English, the capacity for analytical thinking, the ability to collaborate, as well as creativity, initiative, and independence. The assessment will be based on previous experience and grades, the quality of the degree project, references, relevant experience, interviews, and the candidate’s written motivation for seeking the position.

The candidate should have specific experience in hydrology, soil science, biogeochemistry, or ecology, and working knowledge of Matlab or other programming languages for data analysis and implementation of process-based models. Experience in soil sampling and analyses of soil properties is a merit. The candidate is expected to lead experimental activities both in the field (including extended periods abroad) and in the lab with project collaborators, and to be engaged in outreach activities in the focus countries.

How to Apply

Please see detailed instructions and link to the application form here: Application deadline: February 15th, 2017 Contact information: Dr. Stefano Manzoni,

Position Category: Geosciences. Position Type: PhD Project.

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